© irene waters 2013 The New Year Countdown Begins. Goodbye 2013 Hallo 2014

© irene waters 2013
The New Year Countdown Begins. Goodbye 2013 Hallo 2014

Maureen  poses  the question in her post, Thoughts about the New Year  which is found at   , how can you stay focused on your goals. This set me thinking. Normally, I am very focused by necessity and as 2014 will be a very intense year for me I really have to get my act together. Lately though I seem to have lost the plot. I am writing, but not what I am supposed to be writing. My second manuscript is sitting in the cloud somewhere not seeing the light of day. I am happily writing a small piece to add to my petmoire and really enjoying experimenting with a new-found past time haiku, but even these have dropped off over Christmas period to perhaps once per week and I am struggling to get  back on track. I have so many stories going around in my head but I just don’t seem able to do any of them.

Reneedeangelo posted Henry Miller’s rules of writing which is found at .  I have great admiration for Henry Miller after reading his book Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymous Bosch, so I read the list with great interest and consider it worth taking up all his tips. For me perhaps Number 1 was perhaps the most important – ” work on one thing at a time until finished.”  Perhaps a good New Years Resolution.

Continuing my thoughts – I believe it is essential to know what drives you then, artificially if necessary, create those conditions. I am goal focused deadline driven.  For me to be successful in finishing my second manuscript by March (a self set time so not a sufficient driver) I have to work out ways in which to make a deadline which will hold. Am I therefore a procrastinator? Perhaps. Yes probably. I have just spent a considerable time looking for items relating to procrastination. The following  from

I think could be helpful. At least they  will be to me. So now armed with all this information  I will now spend a happy few hours at the end of this year planning my New Years resolutions for 2014, when I really know that the only resolution that will be kept will be the one I won’t make. That is to do my best, be happy with who I am and what I am doing and who I am with and make 2014 the very best year it can be.

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and that it brings you those things that are important to you.


About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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11 Responses to Procrastination

  1. I think you really summed it up Irene, as to why we make resolutions in the first place; “That is to do my best, be happy with who I am and what I am doing and who I am with”. To be happy!
    excellent writing and thought provoking.


  2. Oh, and Happy New Year!


  3. fictionfitz says:

    Great post! You could have made it about us, but you made it about you. May the year 2014 be the year of the book for all of those wanting it, and for some who do not. We all have something to say and I can claim being a listener if not an author…..yet.


  4. Pingback: Happy New Year! and My Thoughts about the New Year III | Gleaner Hall Ltd

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